Two Prizes to Former Student Jillian Kilby

12 April 2006

The School of Civil Engineering is pleased to pass on its congratulations to Jillian Kilby, who will be graduating with Honours next month, on winning two prestigious awards.

Jillian has won the Rod McGee Medal, presented by Engineers Australia. In recognition of Rod McGee's contribution to Australian public works engineering and durability, the Civil College Board of Engineers Australia and Arminox Australia have created the Rod McGee Medal. The Medal is to encourage engineering students to pursue career opportunities in public works engineering. Rod McGee made significant contributions to civil construction (particularly roads) in Tasmania and also Australia wide.

Former Head of Department, Ass Prof Rob Wheen says "I had the privilege to know Rod McGee through his work with the Concrete Institute of Australia. Jill epitomises the McGee spirit. She is an outstanding scholar. She has a genuine desire to serve in the communities within which she lives and works. She has chosen a career path that I believe will take her to roles with some interesting parallels with those chosen by Rod."

Jillian was also recently recognised as The Land Sydney Royal Showgirl for 2006, and this was recently announced at the Royal Easter Show. Entrants are judged on personality, confidence, ambition and life goals, general knowledge, rural knowledge, presentation and speech and must also demonstrate knowledge of their local community, current affairs and potential ambassadorial qualities. Jillian impressed the judges with her commitment to improving rural infrastructure and reversing the country to city brain drain.

Jillian now works for Waterway Constructions, and her current project is on the rehabilitation of a 100 year old timber structure at Walsh Bay.

Jillian Kilby
Jillian Kilby